Construction Update: November 2016
Waukee WILC Facility
Waukee Community School District’s Board of Education approved the renaming of its innovative professional learning program (Waukee CAPS) to Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX). Also naming the new facility the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center (WILC) and labeling the network of K-12, college and business opportunities as the Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) on June 8. Waukee APEX will be a part of the comprehensive educational experience provided for students at Waukee High School. Waukee APEX is not a second high school, trade school or vocational program. Waukee APEX will provide students with the opportunity to deeply explore professions of interest through a problem-based, inquiry learning method. For more information click here. The Waukee Board of Education approved the Waukee CAPS facility schematic design at the October 27, 2014 meeting. The work is slated for a June 2016 completion date.
- Painting and interior finishes continue throughout the building.
- Furniture delivery is approximately 80-85% complete with assembly and installation on-going.
- Working closely with GC and architect to establish substantial completion and final acceptance dates.
Bus Facility/Central Receiving
- Site grading/utility and concrete paving are both approx. 85% complete.
- Transportation Facility – exterior masonry is mostly complete.
- Doors and window installation is underway.
- Drywall is mostly complete with painting to follow once building is fully enclosed.
- Substantial completion is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 20.
- Ops Bldg. – structural steel is mostly complete.
- Exterior framing and will begin in the next week.
- Fueling Station – concrete work is underway.
- Fuel tanks have been set with islands being poured next week and canopy installation to follow.
Waukee Community School District approved a land purchase agreement for a ninth elementary building at the May 9, 2016 Board of Education Meeting. The new elementary school will be located in Urbandale west of Alice’s road between Meredith and Waterford. Construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2017, with the building opening in the fall of 2019.
- Attended the Urbandale P&Z Meeting on 10/31. This was the first step in the process, all related paperwork has been completed and was returned to the City Council on 11/22.
- Met with Accurate Development to discuss Bentley Ridge Drive, it’s construction schedule and cost estimate, work is still planned for this construction season.
- Soil borings are complete and site survey will be done by the end of the month.
- FRK was at the November 14 board meeting to present Schematic Design and Design Development drawings and renderings.
Second High School
The Waukee City Council approved purchase agreements on a total of 160 acres of land north of Hickman Road and east of 10th Street in Waukee on May 16, 2016. The purchase agreements are integral in the efforts to build both a second high school within the Waukee Community School District as well as a City of Waukee-owned sports complex. Both the Waukee City Council and Waukee Community School District’s Board approved a 28E agreement on May 9, 2016, meaning the two entities will be collaborating on this project.
Approximately 2/3 of the land will include the new high school building, parking, track, four ball fields, practice fields and a pond. The City’s 1/3 portion of the property will include 12 softball/baseball fields and parking. One of those fields is being held as a potential field to serve individuals with disabilities, should the need and support be identified in Waukee.
With an expected opening year of 2021, students who are currently in grades 5-7 could be the first to attend the second high school.
- Meetings continue with Confluence and the City of Waukee continue.
- Last full meeting was productive as we continue to identify specific needs of site and its overall function.
- Soil borings and site survey will take place in the next few weeks.
Elementary #8 – Grant Ragan
A special election was held on February 4, 2014 for the sale of $18.9 million in general obligation bonds to fund construction of a new elementary school at the intersection of Dartmoor and Douglas Parkway in the city of Waukee and HVAC upgrades at Brookview Elementary School. The bond referendum passed with a 92% yes vote. The work is slated for a June 2016 completion date.
- Continuing to work with GC on final closeout items.
- Final Acceptance to come to committee in December.
Admin – Main Entry Reconfiguration/Office Remodel
- Painting in the hallways is on-going.
- Carpet replacement in the two cubicle areas on either side of the new glass conference room took place starting on 11/18